October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

This month has been designated as Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog month. Even though every month is a great time to rescue a dog from a shelter, this month is designed to help bring attention to the millions of dogs waiting hopefully in shelters across the country for a home of their own. In honor of this month, many shelters are having special adoption events and even offering reduced adoption fees.

You can find dogs of every kind at the shelter, and shelter dogs are just as loving, loyal, playful and intelligent as other dogs. If you are considering adding a furry friend to your family, instead of shopping consider adopting and saving a life. If you’re not able to adopt a shelter dog this month, there are lots of other ways you can help support this cause:

  • Improve the lives of shelter dogs by volunteering to give your time, money, or much-needed pet supplies to your local shelter.
  • Make the commitment when you are ready for a new pet, to adopt rather than purchasing a pet from a pet shop.
  • Share the importance of adopting shelter dogs with your friends and family.
  • Ensure your own pets are spayed or neutered to prevent adding to the pet overpopulation problem.

Over 20 percent of dogs surrendered to a shelter were originally adopted from a shelter; if you are considering adopting a shelter dog, you must be willing to make a lifetime commitment. By choosing to rescue a shelter dog, you not only save the life of that dog, but you open a spot for another dog that would otherwise be euthanized. So, head out to your local shelter this month… your new best friend is waiting for you!

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Erin Gleeson

Erin Gleeson is the Outreach Specialist at 1-800-PetMeds® and works with the 1-800-PetMeds Cares donations program. She has loved animals as long as she can remember and has worked in several veterinary offices in the past as a veterinary technician. She has one cat, Kitsy, and frequently fosters kittens for a local rescue group. You can also find Erin on Google+.

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